Are you ready for some alarming numbers? Roughly 50% of Americans over the age of 30 have gum disease. Plus, 64.7 million U.S. adults have periodontal disease, which is the most advanced form of gum disease. While statistics like these are initially sobering, it is important to remember that this severe dental concern is largely preventable. Read on for five ways you can maintain your healthy gums!
#1. Floss Daily
Did you know that brushing only cleans about 60% of your teeth? Considering 33% of Americans admit to never flossing, it’s not surprising that the cases of gum disease are skyrocketing each year. Fortunately, you can remove the remaining 40% of bacteria and food particles by flossing daily. Plus, the American Dental Association shared that it doesn’t matter whether you do it in the morning or at night as long as it is a part of your daily oral care routine!
#2. Visit Your Dentist for a Checkup and Cleaning Biannually
All too often, patients view their routine appointments as just a quick check for cavities. However, dental checkups and professional cleanings do more than just that! Thorough examinations play a crucial role in catching (and treating!) small concerns before they turn into large dental issues. Plus, the tools your dentist uses to clean your teeth are the only ones that can easily remove stubborn plaque and tartar.
#3. Quit Smoking
Bad oral habits, like smoking, are associated with the onset of gum disease. Not only does the use of tobacco weaken your immune system, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also reported that it makes it harder to fight off an infection. Plus, smoking inhibits your gums’ ability to heal once they’ve been damaged.
#4. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth daily plays a crucial role in keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape. However, it needs to be done correctly! Start by purchasing a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently scrub each surface of your tooth. Make sure to brush for two minutes both morning and night to remove food particles, bacteria, and plaque that have collected on your teeth throughout the day. Lastly, always replace your toothbrush every three to four months (or sooner if the bristles have frayed or you were recently sick).
#5. Use Mouthwash Regularly
According to the American Dental Association, mouthwash can diminish plaque, prevent gingivitis, and reduce the speed in which tartar develops. However, to reap these benefits, you must use an ADA-approved mouthwash for 30 to 60 seconds. Also, make sure to vigorously swish the solution around in your mouth to coat each surface!
Gum disease is rampant, but, fortunately, largely preventable. To ensure your gums remain in pristine condition, incorporate the above tips into your oral hygiene routine!
About the Practice
At Long Family Dental, world-class dental care is executed with personalized attention, the highest standards of service, and an experienced team that is second to none. With their talented staff at their side, Dr. Robert Long, Dr. Chris Long, and Dr. Wes Fichera use their extensive background, clinical expertise, and patient-centered approach to care to help each person that walks through the door achieve pristine oral health. If you are overdue for your biannual appointment, don’t hesitate to visit their website.